Western Trauma Course (WTC)

The Western Trauma Course (WTC) provides rural and remote health care practitioners with the education, re-training and re-skilling to successfully assess, triage and manage acute trauma patients.

Formerly known as the Western Region Rural Trauma Course (WRRTC), the WTC was introduced in March 1997 with the aim of ensuring health care professionals involved in providing trauma services acquire core level knowledge, refine skills and build a foundation in trauma management to provide the level of care appropriate to their delineated role within the WA Trauma System.

The course develops and promotes a team approach to managing trauma and provides ready access to training and education in the rural setting.

Course overview and content

The WTC covers the essential components of early trauma management through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • interactive tutorials
  • graphic demonstrations
  • practical hands on skill stations.

Participants receive a course manual approximately 3 weeks before the course and are provided with a certificate of attendance on completion.

Course participants will:

  • learn new skills
  • refresh skills not practised for some time
  • gain confidence to deal with trauma patients
  • gain knowledge in how to best organise their departments to receive trauma patients.

Course length

The program is a 1 day multidisciplinary course of 9.5 hours. It is generally offered on a Saturday from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Read the course timetable.

Course calendar 2019

WTC courses

Location Date
Esperance Saturday 9 March
Bridgetown Saturday 18 May
Port Hedland Saturday 10 August
Merredin Saturday 14 September
Albany Saturday 23 November

Applications and bookings

Download the WTC application form (PDF 235KB).

Once offers have been accepted, cancellation policy applies.

Courses are booked in the rural health care regions in consultation with the education and development departments in the regional hospitals and the regional directors of nursing.

Medical staff are invited to attend the course through their respective Primary Health Networks and emergency departments, while the nurses are invited through the hospitals within the health care regions.

Course cost

The WTC course is heavily subsidised by the Department of Health.

The costs are as follows:

  • Medical staff and Non WA Health employee – $550.00 including GST
  • Nursing staff, students, ambulance officers – $420.00 including GST

Course accreditation


Australian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) PDP program (external site): The Western Trauma Course (WTC) is accredited for 8.75 ACEM CPD hours.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) PDP program (external site): 30 PRPD Points and 30 PRPD EM MOPS points.

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) (external site):  Participants in the ANZCA CPD program can claim this course under the Knowledge and Skills category as the following activity: Workshops for 2 credits per hour.

WATTEU is an accredited provider with the  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (external site):  This Active Learning Module has been approved for 40 category 1 points and 16 category 2 points by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017-19 triennium.

The WTC has been approved for the Rural Procedural Grants Program in emergency medicine.

The Program supports procedural GPs in rural and remote areas to attend relevant training, which is focussed on both skills maintenance and upskilling. Support is provided in the form of grant payments which are designed to assist with the cost of attending training, including course costs, locum relief and travel expenses. Grants are calculated on the number of days of training.

The Program has two components. It provides support for:

  1. Procedural GPs practising in surgery, anaesthetics and/or obstetrics in ASGC-RA 1-5 localities*
  2. GPs practising emergency medicine in ASGC-RA 2-5 localities. 

*Note: Procedural GPs in ASGC-RA 1 localities are subject to specific eligibility criteria.

GPs providing services in rural and remote areas but residing primarily in urban areas (e.g. locums, RFDS doctors) may be eligible for the Program.

A grant of $2,000 per day for a maximum of 3 days per financial year is available. GPs are eligible to access the payment multiple times per financial year up to this maximum.

The Rural Procedural Grants Program (external site) is jointly administered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on behalf of the Department.

Participant testimonials

We strive to meet the needs of both course participants and course instructors. The feedback we receive ensures that the course content is continually revised according to best practice and objectives are being met.

Below is a selection of comments from the evaluation forms:

  • Easily the best course I have been to regarding trauma management.The local knowledge, experts working in the area and the interactions from medical staff doing the course aided in the learning.
  • Most well organised, well set-up, informative and professional instructors and course I have come across in last five years! Well done and thanks a million.
  • Really great course – thanks. It would be great if all our DMO’s could attend and the roster covered.
  • Fabulous course. All my learning needs were met and I will take away a lot from this course.  Loved the manual.

More information

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Western Australian Trauma Training and Education Unit (WATTEU)

Phone: 6457 3699
Fax: 6457 1617
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Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
3rd floor, A Block
Verdun Street
Nedlands WA 6009
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Western Australian Trauma Training and Education Unit (WATTEU)